Minolta AF 100-200mm F4.5 A-mount lens review by skm.sa100

reviewer#45742 date: Jul-9-2021
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-200/2.8
Beercan.
Minolta 80-200/2.8
price paid:50 USD (used)
positive:Light. Small. Cheap.
Price.
Very good performer for its price point.
Minolta colors. Well built.
negative:Not super sharp. Some CA but that's common to almost all AF lenses of that era.
1/2 mile MFD! :)
Don't expect prime level sharpness or sharpness similar to a 70-200/2.8 zoom.
comment:I got mine pristine for USD 50 including the leather case.
What I like about this lens is that it is a good bit smaller than the beercan and can fit into a bag easily.

For me, the only serious shortcoming is the rather long MFD. Other than that it's a pretty nifty lens and the f/4.5 isn't too slow, especially on a sunny day.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 129
  • sharpness: 4.37
  • color: 4.71
  • build: 4.57
  • distortion: 4.44
  • flare control: 4.04
  • overall: 4.43
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